No. of Recommendations: 4
1. Don't skimp on the boots. All leather - no Goretex. Waterproof them. I like Vasque myself, but they fit my long skinny feet.

2. Hiking poles. You want a pair each. Get a set that breaks down into a shorter length. Three section poles are good.

3. Good rain gear. Coat and pants, plus one for your pack. Ponchos are OK for a one off, but not for serious weather.

4. Water purification filter

5. Start hiking now for conditioning

3. Have a great time.
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